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I was told that the reason why some cows could walk on hillsides was because the legs on one side of their body were shorter than the other...the person told me notice how they always walk in one direction. Since I only really ever saw cows from a passing car, it made sense to my child logic!
When I was in the 2nd grade, I became really obsessed with dinosaurs and thought that scientists were going to bring them back from the dead. For one reason or another I truly believed that a T-Rex would be assigned to our neighborhood and get all the people by reaching in through the windows and grabbing them as they walked by. I avoided windows till 5th grade.
when i was younger my two sisters and i would always go to our neighbors' house and play various games with them. one night we were playing hide and seek in the dark and to make it less scary(we were all under 10) we got into groups of two,i was with my neighbor's brother who was 9 and i was 8. i suggested we hide in the weeping willow tree in his back yard. he asked me if i knew about the bats,i said no. he then informed me that large bats the size of owls lived in weeping willow trees and pee on anyone's head that walks by at night. since he was older i belived him. to this day i aviod walking under weeping willow trees at night.
I used to think that polar bears lived in the sky on the clouds because people always said, 'Way up there' while pointing up to describe where polar bears are.
When I was at that short age of about 4 or 5 where you're always playing on the floor, I used to play near a step that had a gap under the door. My dad warned me one day to be careful because "drafts" came out from underneath. Only I heard it as "giraffes".
I spent so many days after that watching for tiny giraffes to come out from under the door, but they never did...
My friend once told me the reason sheep could stand on a hills so easily was because they had differnet length legs. Seeing lots of sheep on hills i thought this was a reasonable idea and i actually believed it. The worst thing is that i was 15 when at the time!
When I was around 6 or 7, I heard about koalas for the first time. I remember thinking they were some brand new discovery/invention or something. i believed this for several years..
I used to be terrified of the dog pound. I thought that stray dogs were sent there and then passed through a conveyor belt that had giant sledge hammers that would come down and crush them. That is why it was called a "pound" and they had to be "put down". I still kind of think of it that way.
I used to believe that when the term, "Guerillas" was used, I actually thought it meant "Gorillas" as in the animal.
When I was little, looking at National Geographic magazines, I believed that if you touched the mouth of any of the creatures they could bite you. To this day I am still very careful when turning pages in one.
I used to believe that all animals would talk to each other when people weren't looking. And how do we know they don't?
I grew up near the ocean, and when we'd go to the beach I'd catch sand crabs and let them go. My dad told me that if one pinched me with it's claw it wouldn't let go until it thundered. I believed this for years.
I used to think God made frogs out of wet playdough.
I used to believe the torn up tires from semi's on the side of the road were alligators because of all the tread from the tires and the way the tires were torn up, it looked scary.
I used to believe that sometimes animals would be people who had magically transformed themselves so that they could spy on other people, and they would think like people but just couldn't talk. I still get nervous whenever my dogs stare at me while I'm changing - what if it's really a person???
When I was little, I thought that sheep and goats were the same animal. Just that sheep were all female and goats were all male.
A friend told me that Killer Whales / Orcas could tell if you were a bad person or not.
If you were bad then they would eat you. I totally believed it.
me and sister used to think milk was cow urine. one day my grandpa was milking a cow (he lives on a farm) and we smacked his hand and said, " Granpa! How would you like it if someone touched you there!"
I once conviced my friend that there were made whales that lived in volcanoes and birds would come and take them out of the lava and they would get cold and blow up like a balloon and thats how blimps are made. She was 13.
My Nan told me when I was younger that her friend's husband looked after the pigs at our local zoo and that one day after work he didn't come home - they found him the next morning half-eaten, by the pigs! I believed this until I started university and called my Nan in front of my friends who disbelieved me...it wasn't true! All those years of being scared of pigs wasted...